Q1 = Universe
Q2 = Earth
Q3 = Life
Q4 = Death
Q5 = Human
Q6 = doesn’t exist
Q7 = doesn’t exist
Q8 = Happiness
Q13 = triskaidekaphobia
Q42 = Douglas Adams
Q7252 = Feminism
Q10884 = Tree (perennial woody plant)
Q51415 = Queer

Queerying Wikidata

XPUB, Anaïs Berck and queer artivist/wikimedian Z. Blace join forces to explore automatic writing experiments querying and queering Wikidata.

Anaïs Berck is a pseudonym and stands for a collaboration between humans, algorithms and trees. As a collective, they open a space in which human intelligence is explored in company of plant intelligence and artificial intelligence. In this workshop Anaïs Berck is represented by the humans Gijs de Heij and An Mertens. Wikidata is a free and open knowledge base that can be read and edited by both humans and machines. Wikidata says it acts as central storage for the structured data of its Wikimedia sister projects (e.g. Wikipedia, Wikivoyage, Wiktionary, Wikisource). While browsing this structured data one can encounter gaps related to different world visions. The notion of more-than-human for example, is absent.

By means of a series of writing exercises with and without code, we will create Wikidata-structure like stories about more-than-humans, inspired by Alison Knowles’ House of Dust. If everything goes following plan, we will generate a collective booklet at the end of the workshop.

Thursday 10 Nov
WH.04.139 (4th floor Wijnhaven)
11-13 Presentation
14-16 Workshop

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